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Hope Cottage, Built by Hand

View from Hope Cottage by Gyokuden Wenderski

“I had been a carpenter for a while and I met an engineer…. I told him what I planned to do and he said, ‘It won’t fly, you can’t do it.’ He was very academic and he thought it just wouldn’t work.

“But I went ahead anyway…. I believed it would work. I was a youngster then and another young man and I started moving rocks around by hand. This thing was built with no power, because there’s no electricity up there. [It was built] all by hand, with hand tools.

—Arturo Richardson, from Hope Cottage History

There are lots of stories associated with Hope Cottage, a rustic retreat perched in the hills above Green Gulch Farm, stories of solitude and lives transformed. Maybe you have one, too?

In this interview Arturo (Arthur) Richardson, the son of Hope Wheelwright — for whom Hope Cottage was built and named — describes how the cottage came into being, against the odds.

Hope Cottage itself is now in need of repair. To help, you can donate directly to the Hope Cottage Fund. Or attend the benefit evening with Reb Anderson and Laurie Anderson in conversation where, no doubt, some stories will be shared. 


Laurie Anderson & Reb Anderson, Making Up the Past

Laurie Anderson and Reb Anderson at Green Gulch Farm in 1989, from an interview published in Wind BellLaurie Anderson and Reb Anderson at Green Gulch Farm in 1989, from an interview published in Wind Bell

 Back in January, as we were getting ready to announce Anderson & Anderson in Conversation, our web editor Wendy Lewis unearthed this gem from the archives of the journal Wind Bell — a 1989 interview with Laurie and Reb. In it, they agree, the past is totally concocted.

Still, we happily lost an afternoon tracking down the circumstances of that interview, for a blog post to Sangha News Weekly. You can read it here: Wind Bell Interview with Laurie Anderson and Reb Anderson.



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